Families of 9/11 victims have called Donald Trump and LIV golfers ‘cowards’ for not admitting they were only playing in a Saudi-funded tournament for the money.
Dozens of members of the 9/11 Justice group protested the start of the cash-rich LIV tournament which kicked off Friday at the Trump Bedminster National Golf Course in New Jersey, just 80 miles from Ground Zero.
Brett Eagleson, whose father John died in the attack on the World Trade Center, told reporters his attempts to appeal to golfers directly were ignored.
“When I think of (my father) and hear thousands of other stories of true heroes on this day and see those golfers dodging questions, sticking their heads in the sand. I don’t want to… .to address our issues and just say “golf is for the greater good” or “I’m doing this for my family” Well my dad went to work that day to support his family and he was blown away.
“If we can’t get a golfer to at least look us in the eye and tell us he’s doing it for the money and he doesn’t care about Saudi Arabia’s atrocities, they’re cowards. .” said Mr. Eagleson.
“If we can’t get a golfer to at least look us in the eye and tell us he’s doing it for the money and he doesn’t care about the atrocities of Saudi Arabia, they’re cowards.”
— 9/11 Judge’s Brett Eagleson on Trump’s hosting and golfers playing in Saudi-backed LIV Golf pic.twitter.com/fMWcZ40zl2
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Juliette Scauso, whose father Dennis Scauso was one of 343 firefighters killed on 9/11, has accused top players Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson – and Donald Trump – of turning their backs on their country for a few hundred million dollars.
“How much money does it take to turn your back on your country? … We 9/11 families would trade any amount of money in the world just to see our loved ones again.”
– 9/11 Justice’s Juliet Scoso calls out American golfers and Donald Trump for supporting Saudi-backed LIV tour pic.twitter.com/sAfAnxdj7p
— The recount (@therecount) July 29, 2022
“We 9/11 families would trade any amount of money in the world just to see our loved ones again, just to have one last hug, a chat, another round of golf.”
This week, 9/11 Justice ran a life-saving advertisement of Mr. Trump for hosting a Saudi-funded golf tournament 50 miles from Ground Zero.
In an interview with the wall street journal published on Tuesday, Mr. Trump appeared indifferent to the families’ objections.
“I don’t know much about the 9/11 families, I don’t know what the relationship is to that, and their very strong feelings, and I can understand their feelings,” he said.
The Saudi government has denied any involvement in the attacks, and a 9/11 Commission report released in 2004 said it found no evidence that Saudi institutions of officials funded the terrorist organization.
But victims’ rights groups continue to call on US authorities to release more classified information.
In a 2016 Fox News interview, Mr Trump blamed the Saudis for the attack.
“Who blew up the World Trade Center? he said on Fox and friends. “It wasn’t the Iraqis, it was the Saudis. Take a look at Saudi Arabia. Open the documents.
Mr. Trump has a habit of making dubious statements about the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001.
After the Twin Towers fell, he bizarrely claimed in an interview that day that his building at 40 Wall St was now the tallest in downtown Manhattan.
He also outrageously said he saw thousands of New Jersey Muslims celebrate 9/11 while campaigning for president in 2015.
Although there is no evidence that such a celebration took place, Mr Trump doubled down on his remarks when challenged in later interviews.
The LIV Golf League, led by Australian golfer Greg Norman, has enticed top players including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen to leave the PGA Tour with the promise of $25 million in prize money at each event .
The PGA Tour voted last year to withdraw a deal to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster after the deadly attack on the US Capitol.
LIV Golf released a statement last week expressing its “deepest sympathy” for the families of the 9/11 victims.
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